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Mayor on Facebook: 'Royal Oak is NOT Declaring a Snow Emergency'

Royal Oak homeowners without driveways can rejoice!

The City of Royal Oak has decided not to issue a snow emergency, according to Mayor Jim Ellison, who posted this on his Facebook page:

The total accumulation overnight amounted to less than 3 inches. With that, we also will NOT be doing any residential plowing. It is the expectation that with the slowly rising temperatures, most of the new snow will melt off.

The National Weather Service is forecasting rain showers on Thursday with a high near 42 degrees.

What do you think? Do you wish the city would plow residential streets? Tell us in the comments.


Lori Bosanko Adkins February 18, 2014 at 11:29 AM
It wasn't bad this morning getting my daughter to school and I have a low riding car. Save some money.
Sherry Lane February 18, 2014 at 05:32 PM
I have huge trucks down my street all day long as the neighborhood is being built and the slush is so bad.. you can barely get through it.. It's a nightmare... yes I would like to have had a snow emergency and plow the side streets.. now are we trying not to offend the people who cant seem to get there cars of the street
TJO February 18, 2014 at 07:19 PM
I understand budget restrains and all, but my street has been a nightmare for some time. Got stuck twice in front of my house today. I live at a dead end and trying to get out is a nightmare. The street has been poorly plowed all winter and as result, with people parked on both side I need to fold in my side mirrors to get through at times. A firetruck could not get down my street most of the time. Considering I live 3 blocks from the Mayor I find that ironic.
Ed Callahan February 18, 2014 at 08:14 PM
I would bet Mayor Ellison's street has been plowed or salted all winter
K. Scott February 19, 2014 at 08:44 AM
Oh, so you personally know that as fact huh Ed? Or your just a crank, which is it?
Jim Nasium February 19, 2014 at 12:07 PM
@ Sherry Lane: My old house in Royal Oak had a driveway that only would fit one car. However we owned two cars. When a snow emergency was declared, it was a real big P.I.T.A. to have to drive the car off the street and stash it somewhere. It is not something that we even considered when we bought the house. We recently moved to Park Ave behind the YMCA. LOL, I assure you that our new house can hold like 5 cars. So, the moral of the story is if it is borderline, lets err on the side of not declaring a snow emergency. Just one mans opinion. FWIW, my street has been plowed each and every time a snow emergency was declared.

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